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Life Lately: Listening to Your Inner Voice

Life Lately: Listening to Your Inner Voice

You know that voice in your head? Not the critical one with the negative self-talk. I'm talking about the voice of your higher self. The voice that guides you to show up as yourself. The voice that encourages you to do the things that scare you to help you grow. The...

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Reflections of 2022

Reflections of 2022

Whew, 2022 - what a year. With 2020 and 2021 being challenging on a multitude of levels and full of unknowns, I entered this year extremely optimistic, excited for a sense of normalcy and new goals to achieve. While some of that did come to fruition, a lot of it...

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The Story Behind Lipstick & Ink®

The Story Behind Lipstick & Ink®

On this day four years ago, my day started off as any normal Saturday in January. Little did I know, it would be the day Lipstick & Ink® came to be - a day that would change me forever.  Leading up to January 13, 2018, I had experienced an action-packed few...

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2021 Recap: 6 Reflections from the Year

2021 Recap: 6 Reflections from the Year

As I write this on the last day of 2021, I find myself wondering how we’re already here. Another year passed, another on the horizon. I remember my high school Algebra teacher once saying how as we get older, the years seemingly go faster. She wasn’t wrong. I take...

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Life Lately: Volume 10 – The Book

Life Lately: Volume 10 – The Book

BACKSTORY Since starting Lipstick & Ink, I’ve been able to reconnect with my inner writer, the part of me I suppressed for the majority of my 20s. You see, I’ve considered myself a writer since I was able to pick up a pen. And I’ve wanted to be an author ever...

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Ending the Silence & Committing to Change

Ending the Silence & Committing to Change

“Silence, especially in these times, is deafening.” ~ Vivianne Castillo I didn’t find out about George Floyd’s murder until the night after when I was watching ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. As I was finishing my dinner, I heard the words “I can’t breathe… I...

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